How to Break 'Em In Without Breaking the Bank.
If you've been paying any attention at all you've probably noticed by now that destroyed denim is by far one of the hottest fashion trends for Fall 2009. Packed with attitude, recession friendly and oh-so-versatile it's no wonder why everyone from teens to grandmothers are embracing the trend. But while the look may be busted up and broken down, don't expect to find quality distressed jeans on the sale rack. Designers know that crafting beautifully broken in denim takes extra time and money so prices usually range on the high-end (anywhere from $150 -$280 for designer labels). If you are anything like us, you probably find these figures at little hard to swallow, so we suggest a do-it-yourself approach instead. With a little bit of effort, the Labellush "Denim Distressing" guide and a careful eye you too can master the destroyed denim trend without breaking the bank.
JeansRipped / Torn / Frayed:
Ripped, torn, and frayed jeans imply a sense of history and that will add unique character to your look. From natural looking wear and tear to fully shredded rocker chic, the key to achieving this look lies in moderation. Keep in mind that the cuts you make will get larger over time as your jeans experience additional wear and washing. Labellush recommends that you start out small and practicing first on a pair you plan to toss.
- Put your jeans on. With your washable marking pencil, draw lines where you plan to make your cuts. Normally jeans wear out the fastest in the knees and thighs, so for a more natural look keep your markings above the knee.
- Remove your jeans. Take you scissors and cut through your guide marks. Start off small; you won't get the full effect until they are washed, and you can always enlarge the cuts later if needed.
- As an alternative to scissors, you can achieve greater variation in your distressing by using a cheese greater, or rasp. Locate the area that you wish to distress and position your wooden block (or other flat hard surfaced object) inside your jeans behind the area you wish to work. Rub lightly for mild distressing, or harder to create more visible wear (i.e. holes, tears).
- Wash and dry your jeans as normal. Review the results, if you desire a more destroyed look repeat the process until you are satisfied.